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The visitors

Halle, June 8th, 2023. Much to our surprise, two visitors came to our terrace (on the third floor and amidst the city) to feed: a young white wagtail and his parent.

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Sunrise number ….??

January 16th 2016. Roque de Los Muchachos observatory, La Palma, Canary Islands. Not our first observing run, here at this wonderful site. And hopefully not the last ….   But what each visitor on this magnificent island always should do is … Continue reading

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Earthshine, Aldebaran

On the evening of 21st of april 2015, the crescent moon was visible, low in the western sky. The glow over the unlit part of a crescent moon is called “earthshine”. It is light reflected from earth. The bright star … Continue reading

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Full Moon and halo, La Palma

La Palma, 6-7 november 2014. I had the pleasure to accompany Patricia on an observing run with the Belgian Mercator-telescope at the Observatory de los Muchachos, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain (ouf!) The full moon was right in the middle of … Continue reading

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La Palma, Milky Way

For stargazers , the island of La Palma is a little paradise. Especially if you are able to go to the top of the island and observe the milky way from the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.  To make images, … Continue reading

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Estany Roi and the Red Mountain

June 19th, 2014, Vall de Boi, Catalunya, Spain. The walk to Estany Roi (estany= lake, roi = red) has been on our to-do list for some years now.  We had already spotted this colourful mountain from a distance during a previous walk to the Estanys Gemenats but feared … Continue reading

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Reaching for the skies of La Palma

La Palma, April 26th. In this season, both the flowers and the domes at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory are looking upward to the skies. The plant (Echium wildpretii) is biennal and carries a flower which can reach a … Continue reading

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Mountain lake…

June 22nd, Collado de Gelada, Vall de Boi, Catalunya, Spain. One of our utmost pleasures in the mountains is to make a long walk to a mountain lake. After a tiring and sometimes difficult walk, finally reaching the lake gives you the feeling that … Continue reading

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